300 (2006)

23 mistakes

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Continuity mistake: When Leonidas, and presumably all the other Spartans, use their spears to clear their shields of arrows after the arrow shower from Persian archers, the tips of the arrows are still visibly left on all their shields. In the next shot, when the Spartans regroup for the Persian cavalry charge, the arrow tips are gone. (Granted, this is a highly stylized movie based on a comic book, but that does not change the fact that this is a continuity error.)

Revealing mistake: In the first major battle between the 300 Spartans and the Persians, Leonidas is slaughtering the Persians and the speed of the scene goes from slow motion to fast motion, you see very realistic CGI blood. When the blood hits the the ground it suddenly disappears. This happens many times during this long and awesome scene.

Continuity mistake: The size of the Spartan's shield changes from the action battle sequences (smaller) to the scenes where they are more stationary, as well as, during the arrow attack (larger), presumably allowing greater mobility while fighting. This was confirmed in the Director's Commentary.


Continuity mistake: When the Spartans push off the last people of the the first Persian rush into the water, the shot changes to the Spartans left and we see the Persians falling off the cliff. The sun is bright and behind the falling Persians. After all the Persians have fallen off the Spartans turn their backs to the sun to see arrows being shot at them. As the camera pans up to follow the arrows, the sun is now in front of the Spartans, thus "blotting" out the sun.

Visible crew/equipment: When the camera is focused on an actors face, most of the time you can see white screens and stage lights in their eyes.

Factual error: In at least one scene, near the end of the film, metallic alloy dental fillings can be seen inside King Leonidas' mouth. Fillings of this type were not used until the 7th century A.D.

Revealing mistake: After Leonidas pushes the Persian messenger down the rather large hole he turns around to walk away. In that shot (when he is walking away) you can see that the scar on the top left corner of his chest is only a prosthetic, because it has come unglued and is lifted up.

Revealing mistake: When the baby is being "inspected" in the beginning, it is pretty obvious that in some of the wideshots that it is just a dummy and not the real baby.

Revealing mistake: Leonidas gets cut over his eye during his battle with the Uber Immortal. During several close-ups of Leonidas after the battle you can easily see that the "cut" below his eye is nothing more than a red line. Doesn't look anything like a cut or scratch.

Nick Bylsma

Continuity mistake: After the little boy in Leonidas's arms tells his story about the town being ransacked, he rests his head on Leonidas' shoulder. In the next, more far away shot, his head is no longer resting against Leonidas' shoulder. The transition between the shots was too quick for him to have moved his head.

Revealing mistake: Several of the characters in the film have vaccine scars on their upper left arms. Queen Gorgo and Daxos are the readily apparent ones.

Continuity mistake: During the first battle against the Immortals, the Arcadian leader draws his sword in a backhand grip with the blade coming out of the bottom of his hand (for an overhand stabbing attack). In the next shot, the sword is in a forehand grip (for a slashing attack). (01:07:35)

Continuity mistake: Every time Leonidas had his helmet on, he all of the sudden has black make-up around his eyes. This was of course just to make the movie resemble the dark style of the drawings of the comic book, but a mistake nonetheless.

Revealing mistake: In any close up of the God-King, particularly in the first meeting with Leonidas, it is obvious that all his piercings aren't real. There is flesh-coloured adhesive joining the rings to his face.

Revealing mistake: When a Spartan is climbing down from the walls, he steps on a Persian body, and his foot sinks right into the corpse, showing that this "body" is a stuffed dummy. (The body is not boneless, drained of blood, or crushed by the Spartan's foot. It's a mannequin.)

Continuity mistake: Just before Astinos' death, immediately after his father calls to him saying "Astinos, my son", throughout the following shot of Astinos, the horse and rider can be seen in the dust, midway between the ill-fated young man and the right-hand side of the screen, stationary and waiting for his cue. Only after the cut-back to the Captain where he nods in approval is the rider then seen in motion riding towards his target.

Visible crew/equipment: Toward the end of the film, the 300 are in a shell style formation - Leonidas is in front, right before he removes his helmet, drops his spear and shield. It is obvious that the sun is shining on Leonidas and the 300 from behind, toward the ocean. But if you look into Leonidas' eyes you'll see white reflections - these are from reflector screens.


Continuity mistake: After Leonidas backs what's left of the first wave of Persians off the cliff, he is seen holding his sword up angrily in his right hand. Then, as the Spartans look up and see the arrows being fired, Leonidas' right hand is now suddenly empty as he walks over to another Spartan and takes from him a spare spear that the Spartan just happen to be holding.


Messenger: What makes this woman think she can speak among men?
Queen Gorgo: Because only Spartan women give birth to real men.

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Trivia: Some weapons used by 300 are actually weapons from previous war epics like "Alexander" and "Troy." They were used in this film to cut costs.

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Question: On my DVD from Thailand, when the queen is talking to the old man, just after loosing her child, it is voiced in Thai. Can someone tell me what they are saying?

Answer: The old man is telling Queen Gorgo that he will arrange for her to speak in front of the elders, so she can persuade them to send the Spartan Army to help Leonidas. He also tells her that he will arrange the meeting in 2 days time, and advises her to get Theron on her side, no matter what, as he controls the council.

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